Texas Rangers

Posted by Baseball Bob at 18:07
Feb 212011

Summary 90-72 B

Out of nowhere swooped the Texas Rangers, claiming the lead in the weak AL West in early May, solidifying it with a blistering 21-6 June and coasting to a 9-game victory that was last below 7 games in July. They then vanquished the Rays, then the Yankees, before falling to the Giants in the World Series. New owner (and old team president) Nolan Ryan announced that they would push their starters to go “another inning” and then, with things looking good, he solidified the team by trading failing first baseman Justin Smoak for rent-a-pitcher Cliff Lee. It was a great achievement and one of the big surprises of the year (OK, not as big as San Diego).

Hitters 79.5-82.5 C

Hitting has been the Rangers traditional long suit, and pitching their Achilles heel. This year, though, the offense was pretty ordinary: Josh Hamilton was extraordinary (can you spell MVP?), and Nelson Cruz had a breakout year, but aging DH-from-the-scrapheap Vlad Guerrero was their third best hitter. Four of their nine “regulars” were below OPS+ 80, and counterbalanced the great years.

Rotation 85.25-76.75 B-

In reality the Rangers did NOT get an extraordinary number of innings from their starters, but it WAS more than previous seasons. And it was not an extraordinary group, either: CJ Wilson and Colby Lewis both pitched well all year, pretty much over-their-heads (neither is particularly young, so both results were surprising), but neither was an ace. Then came Lee and he pitched fine, but no better than the other two. All three turned it on in the postseason, of course, so that is what we remember. Scott Feldman was BAD, and probably the most promising pitcher was Tommy Hunter, who, at 23, showed that he can get major leaguers out with consistency. A good but hardly great staff.

Bullpen 139/481 A-

In reality, HERE was the real strength of the team. Naftali Feliz, installed at 22 as the closer, was phenomenal. The two Darrens (O’Day and Oliver) set up for him very well, and Francisco and Nippert contributed as well. The rotation deserved an 85-77 record with an average offense, which they got, and an average bullpen. But the bullpen was far above average, and raised that number to 90, which put the Rangers on top.

Charts

Runs Times
<3 41
3 18
4 28
5 11
6 26
>6 38

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Batter PA OPS wOBA Grade
Michael Young 718 774 .335 C
Elvis Andrus 674 643 .298 D
Vladimir Guerrero 643 841 .360 B
Josh Hamilton 571 1044 .447 A++++
David Murphy 471 807 .358 B-
Julio Borbon 468 649 .290 D
Ian Kinsler 460 794 .357 B-
Nelson Cruz 445 950 .408 A
Justin Smoak 397 678 .300 D
Matt Treanor 272 595 .268 F
Andres Blanco 185 679 .297 D
Mitch Moreland 173 833 .357 B-
Chris Davis 136 571 .257 F
Joaquin Arias 134 600 .269 F
Max Ramirez 85 689 .314 C-
Taylor Teagarden 85 597 .271 F

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Starter Games Innings ERA W/L Deserved
C.J. Wilson 33 204.0 3.35 15 – 8 21.5 – 11.5
Colby Lewis 32 201.0 3.72 12 – 13 21.25 – 10.75
Scott Feldman 22 127.2 5.57 5 – 11 6.5 – 15.5
Tommy Hunter 22 127.1 3.75 13 – 4 14 – 8
Rich Harden 18 89.1 5.34 5 – 5 5.75 – 12.25
Cliff Lee 15 108.2 3.98 4 – 6 9.25 – 5.75
Derek Holland 10 46.2 4.44 3 – 4 4.25 – 5.75
Matt Harrison 6 34.0 5.29 1 – 1 2.25 – 3.75
Dustin Nippert 2 6.0 7.50 0 – 0 .25 – 1.75
Omar Beltre 2 7.0 9.00 0 – 1 .25 – 1.75

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Reliever G IP ERA Val Gr Effective Ineffective yikes YIKES!
Neftali Feliz 70 69.1 2.73 33 A+ 57 4 7 2
Darren O’Day 72 62.0 2.03 37 A+ 56 13 3 0
Darren Oliver 64 61.2 2.48 21 A 45 15 3 1
Frank Francisco 56 52.2 3.76 14 B+ 39 11 4 2
Dustin Nippert 36 50.2 3.91 5 C 22 12 1 1
Matt Harrison 31 44.1 4.26 6 B- 21 6 3 1
Alexi Ogando 44 41.2 1.30 16 A+ 30 14 0 0
Chris Ray 35 31.2 3.41 6 C+ 22 11 1 1
Doug Mathis 13 22.1 6.04 4 A- 10 1 1 1
Michael Kirkman 14 16.1 1.65 5 A+ 10 3 1 0
Scott Feldman 7 13.2 4.61 -3 F 2 5 0 0
Derek Holland 4 10.2 2.53 2 A+ 3 1 0 0
Pedro Strop 15 10.2 10.13 -7 F 5 9 0 1
Clay Rapada 13 9.0 4.00 6 A+ 10 2 1 0
Mark Lowe 3 3.0 12.00 -2 F 1 1 1 0
Rich Harden 2 2.2 13.50 -3 F 0 1 1 0
Guillermo Moscoso 1 0.2 27.00 -2 F 0 0 1 0
Tommy Hunter 1 0.2 0.00 1 A+ 1 0 0 0

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